Grace and Peace be unto you. It has been since August when we last published a family/ministry update, so we are happy to share with you the latest "doings" of the Whitten family and the ministry of Eleventh Hour Mission, and pray that you and yours are doing well in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord.
As you may know from our last update, we have been extremely blessed to have found a meeting place for our little flock! Ed Brennan, our friend and founder of Helping Hands Mission in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, opened up his event hall (free of charge!) for us to have a "permanent" place to land, at least until the cloud moves! We are so grateful for this blessing and Ed's friendship! So, if you happen to be in or around our area on the 1st, 3rd, or 5th Sunday of the month, please come and worship with us!
In late September, Julie spoke in front of a 200 or so people at the annual Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee fund raising banquet. She shared her personal testimony of being a volunteer counselor at the center in in Columbia and how God is using her and others to affect positive change in the lives of pregnant women and teens in our area. She did a great job and might have a future in public speaking!
Mark has been active as the Mount Pleasant High School football team chaplain and leads devotions every Thursday before each game for the players, and offers prayers before and after the games on Friday nights as the players, coaches, cheerleaders, students, and parents "mix-it-up".
Another interesting door of opportunity that has opened up for Mark as result of a message he spoke earlier in the year at a local Christian conference, has been speaking at various local Tea Party groups. His message "Facing Tyranny: The Christian Obligation to Resist Evil" is getting very positive reviews, which has led to a part two in the series called "America's Unique Privilege". The message specifically deals with the often misused and misunderstood passage of Scripture found in Romans 13 concerning the Christian's duty to submit to governing authorities.
Please pray with us that this timely and important message to the body of Christ can be permeated throughout the church as soon as possible. We are hoping that this opportunity will lead to more opportunities to speak in local churches in our region, and are considering publishing a mini book and/or audio recording to help spread the word. If you could also be in prayer for Mark as he is working on another writing project with his friend and editor/publisher Greg Webster that we feel could be a seminal work for the body of Christ.
On a family note, Adam and Brady are gearing up for hunting season! Jed is growing like a weed and finally beginning to form sentences, yeah! Seth is playing fall baseball in the minor leagues (player fast-pitch), and Seanna is a cheerleader for the Columbia Academy Bulldogs.
Just recently, Julie decided to rekindle her talents for kitchen and bath design and has started a new business called, Whitten Kitchens. For years, Julie worked as a professional kitchen and bath design coordinator with some of the top names in the industry in Nashville and Charleston. She is excited about working from home and using this business as a ministry opportunity! Please pray for her success in this endeavor. We also have a new dog named Ruby-Daisy!
In the Lion, In the Lamb,
Mark, Julie, Adam, Brady, Seth, Seanna, and Jed